Inspired by fashion weeks in New York, Paris, and Milan, Dayton Fashion Week is designed to bring participants and guest alike a fully immersive fashion experience.
Our vision is to celebrate Dayton as not only the Birthplace of Aviation and Hub of Innovation but to stake our claim as the Fashion Capital of the Midwest!
It is our mission to provide support to independent fashion designers in the form of business resources, education, advocacy, and advancement.
Our core values include excellence; diversity in people and of ideas; inclusion; access and affordability; innovation; collaboration and interdisciplinary endeavor; integrity; transparency and trust.
Led by a volunteer team of experienced fashion industry professionals, business owners, and event planning specialists; Dayton Fashion Week was acquired in 2016 by CFDA Connects co-founding member the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator and is set to relaunch July 13th-17th, 2022.
(DE-FI) model alum have gone on to walk in Fashion Weeks in Milan, New York, and Paris for designers such as Versace, Kayne West, Saint Jesus, Saral Zens and more. They've appeared in campaigns for Kohl's, Micheal Kors, ASOS, When Smoke Clears, Nike, Marc Jacobs and more. They’ve been profiled in InStyle and Vogue Magazines, and have appeared in national commercials, prime time tv, and films.
(DE-FI) Designer alum have been featured in Vogue Italia, Ebony, Ellements, Shape magazines, and more. They've been scouted by top fashion design programs and companies including FIDM, Kent State, UC's DAAP, SCAAD, Ross Dress For Less, L Brands and have been named to Forbes Under 30 Fellows list. Their work has been seen on A List celebrities at the Grammys, the Oscars, Paris Fashion week, the Tribeca Film Festival, and on ABC's reboot of The Wonder Years, just to name a few.
Whether you're headlining a (DE-FI) powered experience or producing your own. Dayton Fashion Week will be a well tailored experience for everyone from your fashion enthusiast to your curious observer. Headlining Designers will also benefit from the following opportunities:
The Countdown Is On For the 2022 Dayton Fashion Week!